I recently visited the Blur instillation at a local art gallery. The compilation of different mediums was refreshing.
The most powerful piece I experienced my first visit was “i will sleep tonight” by Christopher Jagmin.
Using old school labels — the kind that embossed letters into plastic — he typed out self-reassurances that gave evidence that the writer was, indeed, not fine, not okay, not sleeping well. These words were repeated so much, the piece almost hovered over me in a black cloud of white dimpled letters.
I was moved by the feeling that it was possible that all the depressing moments in my life could add up to an equally intimidating picture.
It’s amazing how art can speak to such depths, tell us about ourselves or society.
Because I love art and I love Jesus, I am led to the thought that Humanity must be God’s greatest work of art. So diverse, complex, flesh and emotions ever varied.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Psalms 139:13 New Living Translation
We weren’t just slapped together, we were delicately composed by an artist. If an artist can speak to us through plastic strips, imagine what God can say through our lives.
I want to ruminate on this awhile.